|Popular Politics in Southern Africa - MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University|
Historian Paul Landau (University of Maryland) on rethinking the broad history of Southern Africa from 1400 to 1948. His new book re-asserts African agency by seeing Africans in motion, coming out of their own past. Drawing on oral traditions, genealogies, 19th-century conversations, and other sources, Landau highlights the resilience of African political cultures and their adeptness at incorporating diverse peoples.
Keywords: history; missionaries; Paul Landau; political culture; South Africa; Southern Africa; tribe